Enjoying the Garden City of Singapore

In each of the time that I visited Singapore in the past, going to the famous and tourist-infested Night Zafari has always been part of the itinerary. And in each time of such visit, this planned route never transpired and took place.

Maybe it is because I am not a fan and not fond of visiting animals in cages. Maybe it has dawned in me somewhere in my nutty unconscious that I really don’t enjoy seeing animals in asylums. Maybe for me, the experience of going to a zoo is like witnessing fauna as refugees. Yeah, I have been fascinated and been to lots of natural history museums around the planet that feature primates and other zoological beings but these I presumed died prior to being preserved or taxidermy-ied.

In my most recent visit to captivating Singapore with Nengkoy and few members of my family, I again failed to visit the Night Zafari (I really don’t know if such a place still runs and exists). And ironically, my foremost reason why I wanted to visit Singapura this time was because I wanted to see not the animals but the P.L.A.N.T.S!

something to marvel about! look at how small those people above!

don’t go chasing waterfalls… 🙂

magnificent dome!

pleasant!


Gardens By The Bay is a 100-hectare botanical garden located right in the heart of the city. It is so huge, we basically stayed in the area to marvel about the beauty of the plant kingdom the whole day yet still (and of course) failed to see and smell the entire nature park. Something awesome about this place is that it is so fresh and modern-day. I guess ultra-modern people of the planet now no longer wants to see creatures of the animal kingdom inside a cage!

I never had appreciated plants this way before! The eco-domes called Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest were like fantastic paradises on earth! Getting around the area was so pleasant. The best part is that there is no guilt feelings building up inside your inner being because there is no person or animal that has been hurt during such a fun and marvelous experience.

Good thing I failed to bring a bowl and a salad dressing during our visit, otherwise, I would have made a scrumptious green & blossom salad out of those plants!

lovely!

posing…

At hindi lang ako ang presko sa lugar… alam na!

Remarkable Fairmont Singapore

While renewing my membership with Accor for another year, I remember that I have yet to blog about the last hotel I stayed at using my Accor membership.  Let me then feature Fairmont Singapore!

Located at the upscale Raffles City complex, Fairmont is so luxuriously impressive.  And like what its website states, “there is no better way to enjoy Singapore than to stay in the heart of it all”.  Location, service and comfort are the three major considerations on my recent trip to Singapore.  Reason behind it is because I am with Nengkoy who at her old age (yet still travels) requires impeccable attention and assistance.

super nice!

luxurious!

super comfy!

toilet selfie

magnificent afternoon view

nengkoy…

Everything went so well during our stay in Fairmont.  We arrived early in the hotel yet the check-in was quick, friendly and efficient.  The room was really fantastic and its amenities were remarkable!  I particularly love the Le Labo Rose 31 perfume body lotion as well as the soothing bar soap.  The bed was so soft and comfy I actually miss it now.  And by the way, the Nespresso machine inside the room was really a big plus!

The room is huge yet stylish and classy!  We enjoyed and loved everything in Fairmont.  And during our short Singapore stint, we would actually want to go back early to our appointed room after some short sight-seeing adventures of the city so that we can further enjoy the comforts of Fairmont.

posing at the lobby!

 Fairmont Singapore is indeed highly recommended!  I love it!

Nag-mamayaman ako dito!

Impressive Singapore

Except for airport layovers for a couple of times, the last time I was in Singapore was more than five (5) years ago. I never had the wanting of getting back because I thought the Singapore I saw was already at its peak in terms of beauty and modernity. I thought that Singapore was so progressive that it can no longer move upward. It seems then that it has nothing to go but down!

beautiful…

gardens by the bay…

view from our hotel…

magnificent view at night

But my recent visit to the city state with Nengkoy proved me wrong! It is even more beautiful, more modernized and more progressive! This place on earth even made me so sad and so envious for my poor and lagging-so-behind country. I am so surprised and flabbergasted by the astounding features of this modern country that I even went beyond appreciating it. I was so positively impressed that I was literally already uttering something negative like “I-so-hate-Singapore!” Hahaha!

me at chijmes… old yet look so new…

Now, I wonder how Singapore would be like five or ten years from now…
Pucha! Ang ganda talaga! Pinas! Anyare?

Nengkoy: The Unstoppable Traveler

I am old.  But when I grow very old I wanna be just like Nengkoy.  Now at her eighties, Nengkoy can still afford to travel the globe.  Though there are quite a number of things now to consider when she goes out of the country – load of medicines to bring, permit not to undergo x-ray due to her pacemaker, wheelchair access, facilities and services that needs to be coordinated and a lot lot more – Nengkoy still is unstoppable.

Let me post the latest photo of Nengkoy which was taken from her very recent Singapore weekend adventure.

at fairmont singapore lobby…

May pinagmanahan…

Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson

Me and my sisters had a surprise long-weekend getaway for Nengkoy (my mother).  We went to Passion Made Possible, Singapore!  We unfortunately had a red-eye flight that requires us to arrive in Singapore around 1:00 AM.  Considering that it would only be for a short period of time until we check-in in our chosen hotel and me being an Accor member, we prompted to have our first night in an Accor budget hotel.  We decided to head to Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson.

usual ibis-style kind of a hotel hallway…

simple yet functional…

super nice… super clean… super comfy…

Our decision to stay at Ibis Styles at Macpherson area of the City State was a surprisingly pleasant experience.  Present Macpherson is like the city center of Singapore ten or fifteen years ago.  With the fast paced development in this part of the planet, I will not be surprised that after another 10 years, the seem-to-be suburb Macpherson section will be like what the city center now.

comfort indeed!

love the orange color…

our room number 2…

This Ibis Hotel branch in this part of commuter-belt-Singapore was exuding with fineness.  The room was surprisingly big for an Ibis-type of a room.  Its impeccable cleanliness, unsullied orderliness and warm service merits above average distinction.  Moreover, considering the bargain price of their rooms, the complimentary buffet breakfast is more than what I and Nengkoy would consider simple.

I have always been a fan of the Ibis hotels’ modern, minimalist and contemporary colors and designs!  Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson made my fondness towards Ibis to simply linger on.

Simple pero nays!

I am @keto_sa_kanto

Reason behind my not being too active in this blog is because I recently launched a new Instagram account. Since it is basically been a challenge on keeping in ketosis and determining what acceptable meal to eat is such a chore and undertaking, I decided to stylize, beautify and might as well take photos of these eats and post it on Instagram.

Let me then reveal that I am @keto_sa_kanto!

keto_sa_kanto if translated in english is “keto at the corner”

my recent instagram post!

What is so amazing about this new Instagram account is that it is slowly gaining popularity.  My 7-year old personal Instagram account that chronicles a cornucopia of stuffs, from travels, to food to friends and other highlights of my being a being, has only so far garnered 301 followers.  But my 1-week old @keto_sa_kanto account has already 125 followers as of this writing!

give me flowers! cauliflowers!!!

Follow me at @keto_sa_kanto and see what I have been eating!

A Needed Upgrade Of Filipino Independence Day

Today, June 12 my country is celebrating its Independence Day.  It’s the day when Philippines was freed and got liberated from centuries of Spanish colonial rule.  All forms of media here in my country today seem to rejoice and acclaim the freedom my country had 121 years ago.  It’s not bad.  But such commemoration seem so 121 years ago that it failed to level-up and be upgraded in a more current and present-day perspective about freedom.

My country’s celebration is still so stuck about the freedom from political and social control by the Spaniards.  Every Filipino shouts that it really feels good to be free and independent! But are we really free and independent in the true sense of the word today?

Spanish folks definitely has moved on and would not really care anymore about the goings-on in the Philippines today.  Yet still here we are, still so stuck with the thought of being freed and be independent from these folks from Europe.

Can we simply upgrade our thoughts on today’s celebration?  I would rather rally about true freedom and true independence today in the context of the present-day Filipino situations and circumstances.  I guess it would be better if Filipinos would rather contemplate on whether we are really free and independent socially, politically, morally and (wallet-wise) economically. 

Yeah we have our own government but are we really free from shameless politicians and government officials? Yeah we have freedom of expression, but are we really free and be accepted by fellow Filipinos on who we are regardless of skin color, dialect, physical attributes and sexual orientation?  Yeah we are free from economic control by other countries but are we really independent money-wise that we no longer have to worry on where to source the dough needed for tomorrow’s food, clothes, medicine and shelter? Are we really free from traffic congestion, bad education and racial discrimination? Parang hinde! (Translation: It seems not)!

I don’t want to spoil today’s revelry.  Besides, bakasyon ngayon or it’s a non-working day today!  The last time I checked, Spain has no plans of recolonizing us.  And I guess we Pinoys still have a lot to work on regarding the true meaning of freedom and independence.

smile… it’s free!

Ismayl lang yata ang libre! Pridom ka dyan!